Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a life-threatening disorder that can be difficult to manage, especially if you’re unable to tolerate the most common method of treatment– CPAP. Nearly half or more CPAP users don’t wear their mask for the recommended amount of time each night or completely stop using it altogether because of its inconvenience and bulkiness. If you’re one of the four in five CPAP users who haven’t consistently been using your machine, you may be eager to discover an effective, more comfortable treatment that you’ll use every night. Here at Bogrow & Associates Dental Center for Sleep Apnea & Snoring, we use oral appliances that allow patients to sleep through the night without any discomfort, interruptions, or loud noises.
Meeting with Dr. Bogrow
When we meet our patients at their initial consultation, many have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea by their doctor and want another form of treatment that’s less invasive than CPAP. If you haven’t been diagnosed with sleep apnea when you first visit us, we can provide you with a complimentary sleep assessment that will help better determine your possible condition. We’ll also recommend you to a local certified sleep doctor who can properly diagnose you with sleep apnea before we move forward with treatment. Otherwise, at this appointment, Dr. Bogrow will focus on getting to know you and your condition, listening to any concerns you have with your CPAP so he can find the best alternative for you. He’ll also provide you with an estimate of the overall cost of treatment depending on a variety of factors, as well as which oral appliance we choose for you.
Questions You May Ask
Finding an alternative for your CPAP can be a challenging process, especially because you don’t want to experience failure again with your new treatment. When you meet with Dr. Bogrow, we want to ensure you feel comfortable and confident with the treatment you choose. Be prepared and ask any questions you may be concerned about before moving forward with treatment. Some things you might ask include:
- Why are oral appliances preferred over CPAP?
- Will your treatment help me feel more energized?
- How much will treatment cost?
- Will I stop snoring after using an oral appliance?
- Will my insurance cover oral appliance therapy?
Getting Started with Effective Treatment
After we go over all your options and you choose to move forward with treatment, Dr. Bogrow will take digital impressions of your mouth to obtain a precise model of your teeth, jaw, and bite. He’ll then send over the 3D depictions and model of your mouth to a dental lab that will create your customized oral appliance. Once it’s made, you’ll return to our office to pick up your new appliance so we can ensure it fits comfortably. If the oral appliance fits, you’ll be able to leave our office and begin noticing relief for your sleep apnea symptoms in as little as a few days after persistent use.